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PSA: Great Dane triumphs in Toronto

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 National Squash Academy Open, Toronto, Canada

1st round:
[1] Joel Hinds (ENG) bt Kimesh Chetty (CAN) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (25m)
David Letourneau (CAN) bt [Q] Declan James (ENG) 11-6, 9-11, 13-11, 8-11, 12-10 (84m)
Julian Wellings (ENG) bt [Q] Michael McCue (CAN) 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 (33m)
[Q] Lyall Paterson (SCO) bt [3] Tyler Hamilton (CAN) 12-14, 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7 (62m)
[4] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt [Q] Eric Dingle (CAN) 11-1, 11-6, 11-1 (28m)
Matthew Serediak (CAN) bt Adrian Dudzicki (CAN) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (31m)
Jamie MacAulay (SCO) bt Maxime Blouin (CAN) 11-8, 9-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-4 (73m)
Thomas Brinkman (CAN) bt [2] Eddie Charlton (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 (62m)
Quarter-finals:
[1] Joel Hinds (ENG) bt David Letourneau (CAN) 10-12, 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (83m)
Julian Wellings (ENG) bt [Q] Lyall Paterson (SCO) 13-11, 11-1, 11-1 (26m)
[4] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Matthew Serediak (CAN) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (38m)
Jamie MacAulay (SCO) bt Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6 (72m)
Semi-finals:
[1] Joel Hinds (ENG) bt Julian Wellings (ENG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (48m)
[4] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt Jamie MacAulay (SCO) 9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 (50m)
Final:
[4] Dane Sharp (CAN) bt [1] Joel Hinds (ENG) 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (82m)

Canada’s Dane Sharp celebrated his maiden PSA World Tour title success in sensational style at the National Squash Academy Open when he upset favourite Joel Hinds in the final of the PSA Challenger 5 event at the National Squash Academy in his home city of Toronto.

After beating two fellow countrymen in the opening rounds, fourth seed Sharp overcame unseeded Scot Jamie MacAulay in the semi-finals to reach the first Tour final of his career.

In the other semi-final, top seed Hinds despatched fellow Englishman Julian Wellings to reach his sixth Tour final – but only after surviving a marathon five-game battle against unseeded Canadian David Letourneau in the previous round.

But, after dropping the opening game in the final, Hinds looked to be in control as he built up a 2/1 lead.

However, spurred on by the home crowd, 26-year-old Sharp – ranked almost 50 places lower than his opponent – regained the upper hand to storm through to an impressive 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 victory in 82 minutes.

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